The first quarter statistics are in from the Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection. Of the 818 animals that were brought to the pound, over 82% left alive, either by adoption or transfer to another rescue. We would like to see that number increase to 90- 95%, so while very proud of the improvements, there is still work to be done. And we're putting it in.
Of all the animals transferred to rescue, Angels of Assisi took over 42%, thank you to everyone who helped make it possible- great work!
We have made a conscience effort not to post "freedom ride" photos of animals leaving RCACP on their way to Angels of Assisi. The social media "freedom ride" blitzes tend to cause quite a competition between rescues and feed a lot of egos. WHO IS SAVING MORE? Today it is this rescue, tomorrow it is that rescue, and so this one needs to catch up, and on and on and on.
There is another important reason for the absence of the freedom ride posts - we do not feel the RCACP animals are automatically given a death sentence. Are we freedom-ing them from a qualified adoption center, where they have a great chance of finding a home after all of their veterinarian work has been provided for a very reasonable cost?
Posting freedom rides and declaring on social media that the rescue review animals "will die at 11 am!" is not doing RCACP any favors, especially because that is not what rescue review means. It means that these animals "on review" need to go to rescue for various reasons, usually health or behavior. It's not meant to create chaos and an "I saved him saved minutes before death!!" photo op.
We want RCACP to be viewed as a positive, adoption friendly facility; a place where families of all facets feel comfortable visiting. You know that little rush that surges through you when visiting an open and friendly adoption center or sanctuary, or anywhere you get to interact with animals in need? Especially with the possibility of taking one home? Let RCACP be one of those places, not one wrongly labeled as a death camp.
We are more optimistic than ever about the future for the homeless animals in our community, especially since there are far less of them. Angels of Assisi has always wanted to see RCACP shine by offering adoptions, enlisting a caring staff, and having volunteers work their magic. That day is here, and we are are closer than ever to an adoption guarantee community. Now that, my friends, feels freeing.
If you work really hard, and you're kind, amazing things will happen.